Kenya could be running out of the AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine

The country might be running out of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Nyeri, Murang’a , Uasin Gishu and Nairobi counties have reported a shortage of the jab.

So far, Nyeri County has suspended the vaccination program until new doses are delivered

This comes amid corruption claims of some health workers charging Nairobians for the vaccine.

High-end private facilities in the city have also announced suspension of the AstraZeneca inoculation, citing depletion of free jab.

Kenya received 1.12 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 806,000 doses were distributed across the country.

The roll-out of the jab began on 5th of March, targeting frontline workers, before those aged 58 years and above, and other Kenyans were asked to get the jab

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health says the Sputnik V Covid vaccine has received the Emergency Use Authorization use in Kenya.

This is after the approval for use of the vaccine by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Speaking on Wednesday, Health Ministry CAS Mercy Mwangangi said, the health ministry has set a criteria in which the vaccine will be administered and distributed.

Sputnik distributor is still barred from marketing the vaccine and will be required to report to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board to enable better monitoring of emerging issues including adverse events.

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